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to cover so let's get right to it. russia dominating our newscast this hour. for two very different reasons. first, the man, that man you see there, russia's top diplomat, he is now taking an active role in trying to end the civil war in syria. now, remember, both russia and china have blocked u.n. attempts to force out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go thro
aadodop children from russia, but that might come to an end thanks to a acontroversi controversial bill russia's parliament. >>> he's taking a bow. he's getting a second chance at a job he quit five years ago. japan's new prime minister making a stunning comeback. >>> as the sound of gunfire rings out in syrian neighborhoods, the country's military police chief has reported defected to the other side. ng. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. ...but he'd wait for her forever, for any reason, and would always be there with the biggest welcome home. for a love this strong, dawn only feeds him iams. compared to other leading brands, it has 50% more animal protein. ...to help keep rocky's body as strong as a love that never fades... if he ever lets her
rebel operations in the eastern city of aszohr. meanwhile, russia's top diplomat and international envoy to syria met in moscow and they are calling for a syrian-led political transition. they warn the conflict is becoming more militarized and sectarian. >> the conflict is not only more and more militarized, it is also more and more sectarian. and if we are not careful, if the syrians themselves are not careful, it will be a mainly sectarian conflict with really dire consequences for the people of syria. >> the meeting appears to signal a shift in position by russia. so far moscow has opposed efforts by the u.n. security council to oust syrian president who has been a longtime ally. >>> meanwhile, a member of russia's parliament is trying to reverse part of a controversial law banning all adoptions by americans. the state-run news agency says the lawmaker is submitting an amendment that would allow americans to adopt children with disabilities. but the u.s. is hoping for a total reversal and so are hundreds of americans waiting to adopt russian orphans. lisa silvester has more. >> report
the stadium. the video shows a woman running from the scene. a airliner smashed into a highway in russia. four of the crew were killed, no passengers were on board and no one on the highway was injured. it was arriving when it over shot the run way. a lot of celebrating early this morning in portland, maine, the first same sex couple said i do under a new state law that took effect at midnight. they said it's surreal. maine, maryland and washington state all approved same-sex last month. gay marriage was legal in d.c. and six other states. >> heart breaking news for american families waiting to adopt a child from russia. president putin has signed into law that americans cannot adopt russian children. it's said to be retaliation. in a few minutes we will talk about an atlanta family who are midway through the adoption process and are praying for a miracle. across india today, a nationwide protest took a new heart breaking direction, people across the country are out in angry droves calling for justice in the wake of a brutal gang rape, and then word spread that a victim, a 23-year-old woman di
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with its own people never had many allies to begin with. today russia's support of syria is cracking. for the first time a senior russian official has says publicly syria could likely fall to the rebels. the deputy foreign minister in moscow said we need to look at the facts in the eye. we can't exclude a victory by the opposition. the russians have blocked all u.n. security council resolutions aimed at stopping the civil war in syria. they have vetoed sanctions against the assad regime and provided weapons to government troops fighting the rebels. now their most powerful ally says assad might be losing. they're not alone. head of nato today said this. irng the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now it is only a question of time. but those people, they're the politicians, want to see the real side of syria's civil war, the streets where people are caught up in the crossfire dying there. what you're about to say you can only see here on cnn. this is a teenager risking his life to save a stranger. here's arwa damon. >> reporter: a fighter slithering across the street,
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comes from the official scene right here beside syrian president assad. this is russia's deputy foreign minster. he told his country's state run news service the syrian government is losing control of more of the country. a quote from him. "we need to look at the facts in the eye. unfortunately we can't exclude a victory by the opposition." russia was one of the votes that kept the united nations from acting against assad. on top of that, today the native secretary general said this. >> i think the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now is only a question of time. >> another possible sign of assad's regime cracking. four scud missiles that officials say were aimed at anti-government faxes in northern syria. scud missiles here. analysts say the regime they are using reckless extremes it's a sign of desperation. we will talk about that at the top of the hour, but today 28 syrians were killed according to opposition groups. nearly all died in two car bombings in the damascus superbs. >>> a warning, your bank account could come under attack from cyber criminals. this coming
to adopt children from russia. president vad vladimir putin signed a bill today. >> translator: the vast majority of russian citizens are very negative about foreigners adopting our children. we need to do it our oust ourselves. we need ourselves to stimulate, bringsing to the family orphans or those left without parental care. >> the law which goes into effect around the corner on january 1st could affect hundreds of american families seeking to adopt or on the palt to adoption because this will affect future adoptions and those currently in progress. 1,000 russian children were adopted by americans just last year. putin's move is seen as retaliation for a new u.s. law that imposes travel and financial restrictions on russians who have carried out human rights violations. the state department released this statement in reaction to the law. "we deeply regret russia's passage of a law ending inter-country adoptions between the u.s. and russia and restricting russian civil society organizations that work with american partners. the russian government's politically-motivated decision will r
by pediatricians and used by moms decade after decade. [ humming ] >>> let's check top stories now. russia may be emerging as more of a player in efforts to end the syrian civil war. russia's foreign minister held talks on syria with his egyptian counteren part today. russia is also reaching out to a syrian opposition leader to hold the meeting. >>> the florida man known as the dinosaur smuggler is facing 17 years in prison. eric pricopi pleaded guilty to illegally buying and selling whole or partial dinosaur skeletons and slipping them through u.s. customs. sentencing is scheduled for april. the remains are being returned to mongolia. >>> a new year's resolution for drivers in chicago, use the l, because starting january 1st the city will have the most expensive parking meter rates in north america. how expensive? $6.50 per one hour in the loop. it will be the fifth year in a row that the city's meter rates have gone up. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school got a lot of teachers thinking, what would they do if they found themselves in that same situation and a debate has exploded
. 7:30 a.m. sunday, right? eastern time. sanjay gupta, don't miss him. >>> russia's government trying to put the brakes on american parents adopting russian children. coming up next, the impact families here in the u.s. and really what is being done to stop this proposed ban. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all? it's lots of things. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. cisco. tomorrow starts here. >>> helping newtown heal. one week after the tragic school shooting at that elementary school, some people coping with unimaginable sorrow are turning to dogs. take a look. >> he's a comfort dog. you can pet him. it says right here, please pet me. a comfort dog is whatever brings comfort to other people, when they're suffering or hurting or brings happiness to people, helps people process their grief. >> it's okay, abbie. it's good girl. ye
toll from russia in a plane crash has risen to five. the plane went off a runway at a russian airport. >>> two georgia boys, will soon be headed home after being missing for several days. henry and ben were found in austin, texas. police say their father, daniel cleary failed to return them home after a holiday visit. cleary is now in police custody. and who doesn't know the oakridge boys, the group sang for former president george h.w. bush while he's recovering in hospital. we'll talk to one of the band members. >>> let's do this one for you, you'll remember this one. ♪ amazing grace >> those are the oak ridge boys singing "amazing grace." the gospel turned country crooners brightened up the xli president's day. one of the oak ridge boys joins me now from nashville, tennessee. thanks for being with me. >> martin, thanks for having me. >> quite a voice and queerly you've got healing powers, at least the song has healing powers for the president, because soon after you sang to him, he was moved from icu and i believe went into a regular hospital room. how did this connection between
of state hillary clinton held a news conference. keep in mind, russia here, really, resisted the efforts to speed the departure of the syrian leader al assad. so jill, do we know, was syria's chemical weapons, was that discussed here in this conversation between the secretary of state and the foreign minister of russia? >> reporter: well, yes. initially. there are actually two meetings between secretary clinton and the foreign minister. and you know, russia actually does -- this is one area where they do agree. russia is very much opposed to any type of use of chemical weapons and in fact secretary clinton thanked him for speaking about that which she did in brussels just yesterday, talking about that. although, brooke, you know, you have to say that the russians next breath say that they have raised that issue, in fact, with bashar al assad. the president of syria. and he assures them that there's no use intended and it is not a problem and, so, you kind of have two messages coming from the russians but you would have to say they're very much opposed to that and a lot of concern. >> so
in russia after a major snowstorm caused a backup two days ago. a 30-mile stretch of roadway between moscow and st. petersburg is completely jammed with one lane open in each side. it is so bad that field kitchens have been set up. drivers are also running out of gas to keep their engines running in the subzero temperatures. >>> the double tragedy that stunned an nfl franchise and everyone in its host city. the kansas city chiefs won just their second game of the entire season today after the shock of a teammate's apparent murder-suicide yesterday. and cnn is near arrowhead stadium where the chiefs leadership decided the game must go on. how did the team acknowledge this horrible tragedy? >> reporter: hello, don, from kansas city. before the game kicked off, a moment of silence for all victims of domestic violence. clearly an attempt by the chiefs to make sure that jovan belcher's girlfriend is not forgotten in all of this as a high profile nfl football player is in the midst of this tragic story. but this was a far cry from any kind of normal nfl football game on a sunday afternoon, don. t
grandmother to death with a hammer in 1981. >>> russia is one step away from banning americans from adopting russian children. protesters gathered outside russia's upper house of parliament before unanimously approving a bill to ban the adoptions. it's scene as retaliation for a law signed by president obama imposing travel restrictions. the vote now goes to vladimir putin who's expected to sign it into law. >>> egyptian .mohamed morsi has signed the country's newly approved constitution into law. the upper house of parliament has convened its first session under the new charter. the new constitution was approved with more than 63% of the vote in two rounds of voting. turnout was low. the charter has polarized the country and resulted in sometimes violent protests. critics say it doesn't represent women, minorities and other groups. >>> there's a familiar face in the japanese prime minister's office. the parliament elected shinzo abe to lead the country five years after he abruptly resign. abe says his first mission is turning the country's economy around. and he's calling for safety tests o
of santa's route. he follows every new year's. he just was in russia. now he's over the great wall of china. previous to that, he made his way to australia. you can see him flying past the famed opera house there. so he's delivered all of his presents in australia. all of the presents in russia. all the presents in japan, and also south korea, and, of course, now he's busy in china, on his way, of course, over here to the united states. we'll keep you posted. >>> wreaths across america. it's a program that's become part of the healing process for military families around the holidays. today's giving in focus takes a look at a tree farm in maine that helps turn greece into finding peace. >> i know when chris died, we kept thinking about how we were going to remember him. and we kept thinking that his spirit was moving through the trees every time you saw them moving. i seem to be drawn to maine even though i've never lived here. it's pretty amazing. >> we're in the wreath business and have been since 1971. columbia falls is a little town in coastal washington county. the perfect little count
scud missiles against rebel groups inside its own borders. and also number three, russia a long time ally of president as sad is now saying that the opposition may in fact win this civil war. all of this on the heels of course of the united states move to recognize the opposition movement as the representation of the syrian people. and in the meantime, back on the streets where all of that fighting goes on every single day, this is one heck of a story of courage. a 17-year-old crawling directly in it to the line of sniper fire desperately trying to save the life of an innocent victim. an exclusive report given to cnn. >> reporter: a firt slithers across the street, his body hugging the cold pavement. yards away, a woman lies motionless. sha she's been shot by a sniper. her rescuer is not a relative nor a neighbor. he's never met her. abdallah is just 17. he knew he had to save the woman or die trying. when we met him later, he tells us -- we had a feeling that she was still alive. we wanted to save her, to get her to it a hospital. and he as he crawls closer, he can see her hand, her
. everyone, even russia warned syria not to do it. now you see this exclusive to cnn. our camera crew inside syria got dangerously close to a chemical weapons production plant. the syrian government doesn't us to see this. they make that very clear. we want you to watch this report from arwa damon. >> reporter: in most of these villages we don't dare stop. while no longer fully controlled by the government, the regime spies still lurk, and we're sneaking our way towards a facility the government most certainly does not want us to see. a site that multiple sources on the ground say is where the assad regime produces chemical weapons called the scientific research facility. to the southeast of aleppo lies the town of al scattered safari. on the outskirts a sprawling factory manufacturing anything from containers to long-range missiles. this is as close as we can get before we hear an aircraft overhead and quickly leave. to the southeast of that, aaccoacco according to our sources, is the scientific veerch fa simt. we can see the outer most perimeter of the general research facility and the fig
control of syria? what does that many and how significant is that coming from russia? >> reporter: it's pretty enormous for those in damascus certainly. russia has been a political stalwart ally for political and diplomatic months over the past revolts 21 months long now. the point man of the middle east, deputy more than minister, saying he thinks unfortunately rebel victory is in fact possible.than minister, saying he thinks unfortunately rebel victory is in fact possible. suggesting we're seeing the trend moving in rebel direction. that's a big deal because in the past ten days to a week, we've seen the russians reassess that position, get involved with the meetings with the u.s., have lower level politicians saying the government isn't up to its job and putin be very friendly with turkish leaders, trying to make sure that relationship hasn't been permanently damaged. and now today we're seeing the first clear time that russia thinks assad is over. his days are perhaps numbered. and that will have huge ramifications on those inside the syrian regime worried themselves, seeing thems
violators from russia. you have been very vocal about this. you have two adopted children yourself. i understand that you've written a letter to president putin to try to get him to change his mind. is there anything that can be done to the nearly 50 pending adoption cases now where american parents have already met what they believe were their russian children? >> i hope so, suzanne. as ayou know, frank and i have two beautiful children aadopted domestically, but there are over 100,000 adoptions in america every year mostly by americans for american children. we have adopted anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 children overseas because americans believe and i think most people in the world believe that children should be raised in families by parents or at least one responsible adult in a family-like setting. it is grossly unfair not just to america but to the children of russia for what they did and the president signing a bill that does nothing but harm russian children who are desperately in need of a family. domestic adoption is growing in russia, but not sufficiently to take care of
, thousands of cars and trucks are stuck on a major highway in russia after a snowstorm caused a huge traffic backup just two days ago. a 34-mile stretch between moscow and st. petersburg is completely janled with just one lane in each direction clear of snow. it's so bad roadside kitchens have been set up. drivers are also running out of gas trying to keep their engines running in the subzero temperatures. >>> the fiscal cliff, less than a month away. if democrats and republicans don't reach an agreement, everybody's taxes will go up january 1st, and as emily schmidt reports, there's been a lot of talking on the sunday talk shows but not at the negotiating table. >> reporter: it's been 16 days since president obama and congressional leaders met to talk about how to avoid the fiscal cliff. the automatic spending cuts and tack increases that begin to kick in if there's no agreement by january 1st. 16 days to get here. >> i think we're far apart still, but i think we're moving closer together. >> i would say we're nowhere, period. we're nowhere. >> reporter: thursday treasury secretary timothy
intelligence, drone intelligence, human intelligence. israel, saudi arabia, russia, everyone watches iran, and that's an important conclusion to keep in mind. >> so, jim, if it isn't, in fact, our drone and our story is the truth, it's clearly a mystery to us as well whos, who might be flying drones out there? >> pretty etch everyone at this point is flying drones. iran has a lot of countries that don't like it in the region. then there are israel obviously has drones and, in fact, you may have noticed that in a previous reporting over the last several months iran is starting to fly drones into israel and certainly israel probably flies drones into iran. so there are multiple countries with multiple interests who are all watching iran. it could be any one of them but my guess is, yes, there is a drone. it was captured. the source of it we won't know, but the bottom line is iran is being watched by all the major players in the region. >> and just one quick question before i want to switch gears with you about the drone and that is that you mentioned it was about a year ago that iran captur
. >>> more than 50 american families were in the final stages of adopting a child from russia. now they don't know what will happen after the controversial law that bans adoptions by americans. now, we are talking to
christmas tree in the kremlin. it's the biggest in russia. designers decorated it using a patriotic theme mixing the colors of the russian flag, red, white, and blue. and finally, syria. in a country now engaged in civil war these peaceful christmas scenes stand in stark contrast. true spirit of christmas, peace, joy, somehow in the middle of the chaos syrians taking a few precious moments to remember. well, we all know the song even if we don't know all the words. 12 days of christmas except of course 5 golden rings we know. this christmas those rings, everything else on the list there, a lot more expensive making the 12 days of christmas a very expensive tradition especially in these struggling times. richard qwest from london is adding up the tab. >> reporter: so you've decided to be very traditional in your christmas presents this year. and you're going to buy the 12 days of christmas. you know, all the items that are in the song well pnc bank has worked out how much it will cost and it is 5% more expensive this year than last year. and this is why. let's start with the partridge in a
countries. >> well, the two leaders, strong men of russia and turkey, they sat down and they signed at least 11 trade agreements, and really applauded what they say is expected $35 billion in bilateral trade by the end of this year. they're really trying to accentuate the positive, but the questions that people raise to these leaders were all about syria. with turkish journalists clearly concerned about the possibility of syrian weapons hitting turkey, the russian president trying to downplay russia's traditional support for the embattled syrian regime claiming, hey, we're not exactly defense attorneys for syria, but in the same breath the russian president went on to say that he opposed the possible deployment of patriot missile batteries along the turkish-syrian border. he drew a comparison. he said it's like the beginning of a play in a theater when there's a gun hanging somewhere on the stage in the first act, you expect that gun to be fired before the curtain falls at the end of the play. he is arguing that this is going to do nothing to diminish the already very tense situation on the
interceptor missiles to defend its own borders from further spillover of violence from syria. russia, you know, one of assad's last remaining allies, is now warning that could make the situation worse. what do you make of that? >> well, you know, russia is somebody that the u.s. wants to diplomatically rely on right now, to convince assad again on the chemical wearfare question, get the russians to tell him absolutely not, do not do this. on the question of the turkish border, you know, none of this is really a very clean situation, who's on one side, who's on the other side in terms of the russians. the russians are concerned about putting patriot missiles there because that's patriot missiles in nato, not all that far from their territory. turkey is saying it's strictly for their self-defense, just a few days ago, the syrians in that border region with turkey launched a number of missiles with a range of 60 miles. that's the kind of thing on that northern syrian border that has the turks and nato so worried and they want the russians on board to tell the syrians not to do any of this. brooke
envoy. and russia's foreign minister. the focus of the talks is formulating a plan on how to move forward. clinton noted growing concerns that syrian president basha al assad may use chemical weapons on his own people. mohammed jamjoom joins us with that part of the story. >> reporter: state officials have said they believe syrians are loading chemical weapons, precursors for sarin, a deadly nerve gas on to aerial bomb that is could be dropped on the syrian people. monday cnn reported that u.s. officials believed that the syrians had begun mixing chemicals that could be used to weaponize sarin, but there were no signs that the syrian regime was going to do anything with those weapons. they maintain yet again today that they have no intention of using chemical weapons in syria. carol? >> mohammed jamjoom in beirut this morning. >>> sad ending for a month-long search of two missing cousins. the bodies of 8-year-old elizabeth collins and 10-year-old lyric cook were found by hunters in the wooded area. the two girls have been missing since july. jim spellman has been following the sto
not be considering the use of chemical weapons. first, the two masters of the assad regime. iran and russia are against it. the regime of bashir aul awes youred would be taking huge risks if it started threatening the syrian population and surrounding countries with these types of weapons. also, there's a military reason why it would not necessarily make sense for bashir al assad to use chemical weapons. this, by the way, is the kind of analysis i've seen as well in other publications. chemical weapons would be difficult to deploy against a guerrilla force. why? because they fade away when confronted. you have their mixed population as well. when you aim a warhead loaded with chemical weapons at a population, who are you really targeting? it could kill even your own supporters. we have these two main reasons. >> why do you suppose we have other countries -- germany says it's going to send in soldiers to neighboring turkey. why do you suppose there is such anxiety and such fear around that country and the possibility that that could happen? >> well, within the context of what turkey asked na
now he's in russia, headed toward the ukraine. let me show you this. it is the back story with this that is so cool. what happened was in 1955, there was an advertisement in a local paper in colorado springs and it asked kids and invited kids to call santa if they wanted to talk to him. the problem was, the advertisement had the wrong phone number and the number was for norad, which really essentially is a center, a group of people who are monitoring the skies above us. the officers on duty, though, they laughed and played along and that's the rest is history. here is the norad website, last spotted in russia. he's headed for the ukraine in 13, in 12, in 11 seconds. this is just a really cool site. there is so many things kids can do on this, play games. and here is the little village, you can select the scene and watch it. this is adorable. and santa hidden activities in each city. and google is getting into the act as well. google saying you can follow us and we'll track santa as well. so here's google's santa tracker. and it, too, scrolls through the little town, games,
.com. these stories are trending now on the web. the crisis in syria is getting worse, according to russia's top diplomat. the foreign minister says fighting is becoming more sectarian and more violence. 364 people died in fighting today alone. both men called for a transition from the al assad government. russia seems to be backing off its strong support for that regime. >>> police in los angeles have arrested comic cat williams for allegedly en dangering his four children. that according to tmz. police found guns and drugs in the house, calling them a safety hazard. the children are in protective protect. williams posted bail and walked out of jail. >>> and yoko ono is finally having her say about the longstanding question over the beatles' break-up. she blames paul mccartney, period. the beatle of john lennon says the others just did not like it. >>> after the school shooting in newtown, it seems like everyone wants to do something to help this grieving community. now they'll get some help from these therapy horses. magic and wakota are two specially trained mini horses from a gainesville, fl
. >>> overseas now, russia's foreign minister says syria has connel some dated all its whelm california weapons into one place. russia says the move is an attempt to calm fears those weapons could end up, quote, in the wrong hands. meanwhile, more violence today across syria. 30 people died, according to opposition activists. one, a car bomb exploded in a damascus neighborhood. no one claimed responsibility for the car bomb. it's been called a terrorist explosion. >>> a former u.s. marine is out of a maximum can prison today. jon hammer spent four months locked up, sometimes chained to a bed. hammer was on his way to costa rica to go surfing when he was arrested in august. mexican authorities say the antique gun in his vehicle violated their gun laws. hammer was finally freed after u.s. officials intervened. >>> it is worse than a lump of coal in ye old christmas stocking. higher taxes. lawmakers and president obama have left washington for christmas with no deal on tax cuts and spending cuts. tax hikes and spending cuts that could go in effect the first of the year. cnn's brianna keilar is liv
in russia. they don't have that many families stepping up. >> the need is great for children with special needs. >> we rely on the faith and our hope in jesus christ. that will get us through this. it would be devastating for those kids. >> the moyers have two biological children, both boys and one adopted american girl. they say their children are just waiting for their brother to come home. >> the moyers are not just waiting for a court date that would finalize the process which is expected to happen within a month. it is not clear whether the bill as written applies to the couples who are already in the process of adopting a russian child. >> when are the family wants to adopt a child, it is hard to get there and not be able to do it. it's terrible. >> they already consider him their son. it's a matter of time. >> thank you. appreciate your reporting. as we come to the end of 2012, who are the hot trends for the new year. we will preview what you can expect in 2013. what you can expect it to bring from food to toys. make a wish! i wish we could lie here forever. i wish this test drive
and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. >>> there are six days left until the u.s. crosses over the so-called fiscal cliff. in case washington doesn't make a deal we're doing our best to get you ready. every day we're taking a look at how the fiscal cliff if we go off the fiscal cliff how that will affect you from the increase in your tax bill to planning for your retirement. today we'll focus on your portfolio. ryan mack joins me via skype from detroit. >> good morning to you, how are you doing today? >> i'm good. you've got some advice for people to manage their portfolios, let's start with the first step you need to review your asset classes. >> there's a study in the '80s simply says over 95% of your portfolio return will determine exactly how you choose the mixture of stocks and other investments you have in your portfolio. with the assistance of a qualified adviser making sure you have the right mixture of stocks can be ever so crucial especially during the volatile time we see in the markets today. >> if you make any changes i guess you have to take into account what
, nearly a third of the market will be north and south america. a third will be europe and russia and africa. and about a third of the market will be asia pacific. and in china's case, to your point, china now has replaced the united states as the largest auto market. the chinese veitremendous respe for history. they know about henry ford and lincoln. so we'll be bringing the first lincoln vehicles to china in 2014. >> alan mulally, ford president and ceo. thank you for coming on. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >>> now this. an infant left without her parents after an nfl player just snaps. and now as a city mourns, sportscaster bob costas goes off on gun control. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> if syria's chemical weapons are on the move, who's watching them? and where do they end up? >>> plus, as eight more people die in chicago -- >> we walk through a front door that was wide open. you can see the equipment is here. this was defunded by the program because they couldn't figure out what they had done with the money. >> -- cnn investigates the program getting cash to st
to russia. more on the seemingly cold war era story up next. anncr: some politicians seem to think medicare and... social security are just numbers in a budget. well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicarend... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> this is kind of like something out of a cold war spy novel. you have someone in trouble for trying to give information to the russians. want to bring in chris lawrence at the pentagon to talk about how this all unfolded. chris. >> reporter: well, basically, suzanne, he thought that he was giving this information over to russian spies when in actuality he was handing it over to undercover fbi agents who had been tracking him. what he allegedly gave them was a document that described the procedures you would use and the specific techn
pressure on, to a large extent, working through russia, obviously, which is one of assad's last allies, a lot of chat out there could assad get asign lum somewhere, something like that. by all accounts they have been willing to continue with the diplomatic track until this development. now, we're not saying there is going to be military action, but certainly the military planning, being updated, the options being updated, because now of this movement of chemical weapons, and a very good understanding, they tell us, of the locations of where they are, and the intent, possible intent to use them, that's what's leading to this potential change in something that everyone is concerned about. it is why you saw president obama warning assad so stride endly this week. >> and there has got to be so much discussion and intelligence circles as to why now what is prompting president assad to do this. the question really is what is that line? what is the trigger that would launch a potential u.s. military response? >> well, i think your first point is really key. why is assad even going down this r
in gentlemeva with russia well as u.s. officials. >>> egypt's president has begin the army authority to arrest people and protect government buildings as the nation is preparing to vote in weekend on a controversial draft constitution. what is happening in cairo? protestors and supporters of the president have been camped out around the palace for days. opposition groups are calling for nationwide protest this is week leading up to saturday's vote. president morsi's chief of staff blames the uprising on a small but powerful group of business and media elites. he tells cnn that the vote the on the country's constitution will not be held up. >> the question of delays the vote for the constitution is it not possible. if the people in the streets believe they command the majority, why don't they go and say no? >> they don't necessarily believe they command the majority. they don't like the process by which this constitution was drafted. >> in any democracy there is a rule, the rule of majority. >> opponents say that the proposed constitution was just slapped together in one day, and over the weeke
will look like. alison kosik, thank you so much. >>> movements ago, russia and dubai celebrating the new year. there you go. take a look. everybody loves fireworks. who doesn't like fireworks? folks are gearing up in the united states, that includes new orleans, where our own brooke baldwin is standing by for tonight's special coverage. and stay with us. because she wants to talk to you. >>> my name is sergeant caleb brown. i would like to say happy holidays and i love you to my wife, stephanie brown, my family in roseburg, oregon. love you guys. see you soon. >>> okay, everyone. it is time to forget about the fiscal cliff negotiations. at least for just a moment. why? because, yes, the rest of the world is in fact ringing in the new year. ♪ ♪ >> three, two, one, happy new year! ♪ ♪ should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? ♪ ♪ should auld acquaintance be forgot ♪ ♪ and days of auld lang syne? and days of auld lang syne my dear and days of auld lang syne ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> a couple of places where people's problems were so last year. back home, they'r
delivers internet service for many websites. >>> russia's biggest christmas tree on display in the kremlin's cathedral square in moscow. they decorated the tree with a patriotic theme symbolizing the russian flag. many russians are eastern orthodox christians and celebrate christmas on jeanne 7 january 7th. >>> and nothing says christmas like a tree. jeanne moos explain. >> reporter: maybe if this homeowner had measured better his christmas tree wouldn't have burst through the roof. >> that's crazy. >> reporter: what's crazy is how crazy everyone is about this christmas tree stunt that really doesn't stump anyone for more than a few seconds. >> we bought a 14 foot tree and i cut the top, six either the of it off. >> and put it on to a plywood platform on the roof and artfully, arranged shingles around it. it's funny your house is sort of proof that the price of trees has gone through the roof. >> [ laughter ] reporter sooirlt architect, patri patrick kruger has always been a fan of the movie "christmas vacation" where the main character is obsessed with a perfect tree. >> there it is. >> t
the support of his counterpart in russia. today in his annual press conference the russian president vladimir putin says he is not concerned about assad's regime, but putin doesn't want to keep assad's government in power at all costs. he also hopes to find a solution that will not lead to the collapse of the region. >>> and we're keeping an eye on nasty storms that are moving across most of the country, in alabama, more than 7,000 are without power in the mobile area. one woman was trapped in her house when a tree fell on it. right now, there are no reports of serious injuries. >>> that same storm dumping snow on the great plains and the midwest. the state of wisconsin already under a state of emergency. some areas expected to see as much as 12 inches. the storm stretches from houston all the way to minneapolis and it's disrupting holiday travel with a 1506-mile stretch of highway between denver and the kansas state line closed for part of the day yesterday. >>> if you get a gift card this holiday season do not forget about it. you could be hit with maintenance fees even though federal law p
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